|Project by NBeener||posted 01-12-2011 02:20 AM||12573 views||17 times favorited||75 comments|
WOO-HOO !! It’s done !!
I think the installation of the vise may have taken as long as the entire rest of the build did.
Odd, huh ?
According to the instructions, I still need to plane a 4 degree slant in the outside face of the vise, to ensure clamping power is at the top of the faces. Not sure how big a deal this is, but … it won’t change the appearance, anyway :-)
I don’t think I’ll be putting any finish on it—at least not now. Kind of like the look of the raw wood.
.....The front apron is 3/4” QSWO.
.....The vise jaw faces are Hard Maple.
.....The bench top and base are BORG Doug Fir (2×8s)
.....M&T joinery on the base. Nuts and lag bolts hold the front apron in, to prevent racking, and allow future tightening.
.....The funny looking guy in the Ridgid do-rag … is me ;-)
I probably came in at nearly $200, including the Lee Valley hardware in the pics, but … that’s likely because I bought a BIG board of the Maple, so … factor in only the bit I used, and … probably WAS $175—a steal !
I don’t have the vise faces perfectly flush to the top … yet, but will. I started taking them down with my one and only hand plane—my first real shot at planing.
Turns out … I LIKE planing ! It was very cool seeing the curly-q’s falling off the plane ! The face vise will be very useful for that, I’m sure.
In this one, you can see the “support collets” that required the 2-5/16” counter-bore. The Forstner bit—of course—worked perfectly :-)
-- -- Neil